Submissions for the 37th UPR for Georgia, Nepal, Rwanda and Saint Lucia
43rd Session of Human Rights Council
ITEM 4: Annual debate: rights of persons with disabilities
28 February 2020
Statement by the Federation for Women and Family Planning
Thank you Madame President, the Federation makes this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative.
This submission reviews bioethics and how it has related to the rights of persons with disabilities. It first highlights how bioethics constitutes its own authority and experts to have a say in the lives of persons with disabilities. Secondly it provides a brief overview of a global feminist approach to bioethics and its contributions to a critique of the field. After highlighting the contributions of women with disabilities to the so-called “bioethical discussions,” the submission recommends to move away from bioethics and adopt a human rights-based analysis.